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[/color]High court questions Texas affirmative action plan
By MARK SHERMAN, AP
http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news...ve.Action/

People supporting the University of Texas rally outside the Supreme Court in...

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices sharply questioned the University of Texas' use of race in college admissions Wednesday in a case that could lead to new limits on affirmative action.

The court heard arguments in a challenge to the program from a white Texan who contends she was discriminated against when the university did not offer her a spot in 2008.

The court's conservatives cast doubt on the program that uses race as one among many factors in admitting about a quarter of the university's incoming freshmen.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could be decisive, looked skeptically on Texas' defense of the program. "What you're saying is what counts is race above all," Kennedy said.

Twenty-two-year-old Abigail Fisher was among the hundreds of spectators at the arguments. Also in attendance was retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who wrote the majority opinion in a 2003 case that upheld the use of race in college admissions.

Justice Samuel Alito, O'Connor's successor, has voted consistently against racial preferences since he joined the court in 2006 and appears likely to side with Fisher.

Among the liberal justices who looked more favorably on the Texas admissions system was Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She told Bert Rein, Fisher's Washington-based lawyer, that he was looking to "gut" the nine-year-old decision.

The federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the Texas program, saying it was consistent with the 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Antonin Scalia and Alito raised repeated objections to the affirmative action plan.

Roberts wanted to know how the university would determine when it had a "critical mass" of diversity on campus that would allow it to end the program.

Near the end of the session, he complained, "I'm hearing a lot about what it's not. I would like to know what it is."

The university says the program is necessary to provide the kind of diverse educational experience the high court has previously endorsed. The rest of its slots go to students who are admitted based on their high school class rank, without regard to race

Opponents of the program say the university is practicing illegal discrimination by considering race at all, especially since it achieves significant diversity through its race-blind admissions.

After the argument concluded, Fisher read a brief statement outside in which she said she hoped the court would rule that race or ethnicity "should not be considered when applying to the University of Texas."

Justice Elena Kagan is not taking part in the case, probably because she worked on it at the Justice Department before joining the court.

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Associated Press writer Jesse J. Holland contributed to this report.

Race should have no bearing on getting into school or getting a job. If someone is qualified they get into school or get the job. If I owned a business I wouldnt care what color you were has long as you did your job and was honest. I would want the best workers I could get I dont need the .gov telling me who to hire or give a spot in a college.
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I fail to see this is even being discussed? Anyone notice all the blacks they interviewed on TV liked affirmative action? If you cant make it on your own you should not be there. I don't know about you, but I dont want a doctor operating on me that got to med school because of affirmative action.

Now going by family income is different and I do support. It is true that more minorites are poor than whites, but if want to teach people its wrong to discriminate you dont do it by discriminating beause people did bad things in the past.

I would challenge anyone black who is an ardent supporter of affirmative action because "america owes us" or "its not fair". To look at the standard of living of poor blacks in the USA and compare it to the average standard of living of blacks in africa.

I am sure some would still find a way to complain.

What if we started saying the nfl needs to have white starting running backs? The best player should play regardless of color. Same with jobs, scholarships and so forth.
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bluedog46;22171 Wrote:I fail to see this is even being discussed? Anyone notice all the blacks they interviewed on TV liked affirmative action? If you cant make it on your own you should not be there. I don't know about you, but I dont want a doctor operating on me that got to med school because of affirmative action.

Now going by family income is different and I do support. It is true that more minorites are poor than whites, but if want to teach people its wrong to discriminate you dont do it by discriminating beause people did bad things in the past.

I would challenge anyone black who is an ardent supporter of affirmative action because "america owes us" or "its not fair". To look at the standard of living of poor blacks in the USA and compare it to the average standard of living of blacks in africa.

I am sure some would still find a way to complain.

What if we started saying the nfl needs to have white starting running backs? The best player should play regardless of color. Same with jobs, scholarships and so forth.
Well said and I completely agree.

Race should have no bearing on getting into school or getting a job. If someone is qualified, they get into school or get the job. If I owned a business I wouldnt care what color you were has long as you did your job and were a decent and honest employee. I would want the best workers I could get. I dont need the .gov telling me who to hire or give a spot in a college.
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